By Ben Chabala
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This week, because Norman Osborn's got an all new X-Team on the payroll in DARK X-MEN #1, we're spotlighting some stories featuring this new mutant cabal's deadly members.
The tragic result of a science experiment gone wrong, Calvin Rankin, the Mimic, now possesses the amazing ability to copy the talents of those close to him. One can only imagine the destruction Rankin could cause if he were to get within a certain proximity of a certain group of genetically-gifted youngsters. Consumed with the desire to possess all of the original X-Men's powers permanently, the Mimic attacks the young mutants at their home and kidnaps Marvel Girl to his secret hideout. Will the rest of the X-Men be able to save Jean Grey before the mighty Mimic's devious plans come to fruition? Read on!
In an alternate reality where humans face genocide and only the strong survive, Magneto and his X-Men stand against the might of En Sabah Nur and his horsemen. Abandon all hope flatscans, this is the Age of Apocalypse! The mad mutant dictator controls North America with an iron fist. His Infinite armies root out and destroy whatever human resistance they discover and send the survivors to the gene pens where those unfortunate souls meet the brilliant but disturbed Dark Beast. This twisted incarnation of Henry McCoy toys with DNA as a child might play with building blocks. The future looks grim for the X-Men until they meet a mysterious wanderer whose memories of the past may be the key to humanity's future.
Raven Darkholme has worn many different faces during her long and tumultuous career as a mutant terrorist and government operative. She's fought on the side of both angels and devils, and now she's got another chance to serve the greater good as a black ops agent. The mischievous metamorph can either work off the books for Charles Xavier as one of his spies, or she can be tried and executed by the U.S. Government. Buckle up Mystique, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Michael Pointer's life changed forever upon being possessed by the cosmic entity known as the Collective. While under its sway, he destroyed the Canadian super-team Alpha Flight, so it hardly comes as a shock when the newly formed Canadian super-team, Omega Flight, doesn't want him watching their backs. But when the Wrecking Crew crosses the border and opens up a portal to the dimension of the Great Beasts, emerging with more power than they've ever had, Michael may be Canada's only hope. Will Michael, as the new Guardian, save the day? Will Omega Flight even give him the chance?
A stranger in a strange land, Nate Grey tried to be a hero, but has now found his true calling as the shaman of the mutant race. In this first step of the X-Man's new journey, he launches an investigation into some mysterious disappearances connected to some very powerful people. Nate's search for answers leads him to confront evil in forms he never imagined, risking life and limb in his first day on the new job!
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